Individuals interested in earning a Florida teacher license must meet several requirements mandated by the Florida Department of Education. The most basic of these requirements is a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university and educator preparation instruction. Several universities offer Florida teacher education through undergraduate initial teacher preparation programs as well as alternative certification programs for baccalaureate degree holders.
The four largest universities by enrollment that offer these programs are Florida International University, the University of Central Florida, the University of South Florida, and the University of Florida. Each of these teaching schools in Florida has a state-approved teaching certification program that prepares students to receive a Florida teaching license. Read on to find out more about the programs each university offers.
The department of teaching and learning in Florida International University’s College of Education offers 11 Bachelor of Science programs in various subject areas. Five degree programs, including early childhood education (preschool to grade 3) and elementary education (grades 1 – 6) meet Florida teacher certification requirements. The certification programs also include a one-semester student teaching internship. FIU’s elementary education program is one of only eight programs in the country recognized by the International Reading Association for excellence in teaching reading in elementary education.
The University of Central Florida’s College of Education is one of U.S. News & World Report’s top 100 education schools in the country. Admission is based on students meeting the school’s requirements which include a 2.75 GPA, completion of the education common program prerequisites, and successful completion of all four parts of the state’s general knowledge test. Teacher certification can be attained through bachelor’s degree programs culminating in an undergraduate certificate or through the school’s alternative certification program.
U.S. News & World Report ranks the University of South Florida’s College of Education as 84th among the nation’s top education schools. The College of Education faculty members are considered to be on the cutting edge of education advancement, and all actively participate in research in their respective fields. The College of Education offers 33 programs within eight departments, including state-approved alternative certification programs for non-education degree holders interested in becoming educators in the state of Florida.
The University of Florida College of Education consistently ranks among the top 25 among public education schools in the Association of American Universities. The College of Education employs 106 full-time staff members, and nearly 1,900 full-time students are enrolled in 21 undergraduate and advanced degree programs, within eight academic specialties. U.S. News & World Report ranks the College of Education as 52nd in the nation, with its special education, elementary teacher education, and secondary education programs ranking 4th, 15th, and 19th respectively. In addition to initial teacher preparation programs, the College also has a state-approved Educator Preparation Institute (EPI) that delivers alternative certification programs for non-education baccalaureate degree holders.